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Dalavayi also spelled Dalwai, Dalavay and Dalvoy was meaning title of Chief in Commander[1] or Commander in the military[2] in South Indian dynasty. In Kingdom of Mysore, Hyder Ali and his eldest son Tipu Sultan were appointed to this position.

The word Dalavayi is a Prakrit or vernacular form of the Sanskrit word Dalapati (which literally means: leader or chief of the team or wing). In western India, especially Maharashtra and Goa the descendants of Dalavayis still use the title Dalvi (Devanagari: दळवी) as surname, which is modern form of the Prakrit word Dalavayi.[3]


  1. ^ Mysore Royal Dasara, p110
  2. ^ Steel Nibs Are Sprouting: New Dalit Writing From South India, South Indian dynasty
  3. ^ Bloch, J. (1970). Formation of the Marathi Language. Motilal Banarasidas Publishers. p. 161. ISBN 9788120823228.

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